The collective unconscious comprises in itself the psychic life of our ancestors right back to the earliest beginnings. Our inheritance consists in physiological paths -- mental processes in our ancestors that traced these paths. It matters because we matter as the psychophysical expression of all those who came before us. We continue to embody them. Thus, the ancestors are personal, collective, and present.
Collective unconscious is a summary of experiences of our ancient ancestors. We all possess specifics of humankind's knowledge from birth. As we realize it, it becomes conscious. Symbols, images and archetypes are the language of the soul, of the collective unconscious -- perceptiions of supra-normal comprehension. Thus, we gain knowledge of, and participate in, the domains of Matter (our senses), Mind (reason and language), Soul (feeling and ASCs), and Spirit (intuition and silence).
Collective unconscious influences every aspect of our life, especially the emotional ones which help us to see and study it. The reflection of the collective unconscious in our family tree helps us consciously see and study collective unconscious, its patterns and ways of influence. Psyche is a unity of three parts: ego, personal unconscious and collective unconscious, a summary of experiences of our ancient ancestors.
The unconscious is the Holy Grail of consciousness, the supreme value of life, which we find when we truly realize ourselves, joining the family of the Grail. In the family tree we find the presence of the most ancient symbolic appearance of the Grail itself. The soul takes flesh and descends...the hidden gate through which all creation moves.
Robert Johnson says, “The object of life is not happiness, but to serve God or the Grail.” That is, we serve not our materialistic questing ego, but our inner spirituality. Here we integrate the mother, the father, and the inner masculine/feminine connection to life that brings us to our personal Grail of spirituality.
The ancestors, the gods, and the Grail were always there in our Tree, which we bring to completion when we finally bring ourelves to it, fully. Here, we serve ourselves, the ancestors, and the gods as revealed in our own family tree. It is our own matter that forms the elements of the Grail tradition, the present embodiment of past times.
We can, therefore, in our genealogical quest, do as Meister Eckhart suggests: “Start with yourself therefore and take leave of yourself. If you do not depart from yourself, then wherever you take refuge, you will find obstacles and unrest, wherever it may be.” He also said, “We are all Mothers of God, for God is always needing to be born."
We depart from ourselves following the paths of our descent back up into the heights and roots of our Tree. Crossing that threshold we begin our Genealogical Journey. Our two branches become four, the four branches become eight, the eight sixteen great-grandparents, and so on.